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Eucharist: Gathering - Why Do We Gather?

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it 1 Corinthians 12.27

Why do we gather for this ritual of the Eucharist?  There are many reasons, but at the heart of our Eucharistic celebration is Community - it’s there in the words we use to describe this feast: Holy Communion. A communion with God, and with one another. We make community in our gathering, called to be the body of Christ - with all the intimacy and interconnectedness that vivid metaphor contains.

We gather to make community - where all are welcome, not despite who they are, but because of who they are.

We gather to make community - where healing can take place as we open ourselves to God and to each other.

We gather to make community - and to learn to love.

We gather to make community - in our shared ritual and prayer, music, listening and silence.

We gather to make community - where, like a body, each person has a part, each member has their place.

The Eucharist calls us to find our place amongst the community of flawed, fallible and deeply faithful. A community where all have a part to play; where some may offer service in worship, reading, praying, making coffee, greeting, cleaning, administration, hospitality, beautifying our shared space, and/or feeding and caring for the needy.  And some may offer service in silence, by simply ‘being’ - learning to rest, to pray, to sit. In the community of the Eucharist, all have their part.

 

A Last Beatitude
 
And blessèd are the ones we overlook;
The faithful servers on the coffee rota,
The ones who hold no candle, bell or book
But keep the books and tally up the quota,
The gentle souls who come to ‘do the flowers’,
The quiet ones who organise the fete,
Church sitters who give up their weekday hours,
Doorkeepers who may open heaven’s gate.
God knows the depths that often go unspoken
Amongst the shy, the quiet, and the kind,
Or the slow healing of a heart long broken
Placing each flower so for a year’s mind.
Invisible on earth, without a voice,
In heaven their angels glory and rejoice.
 

 

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